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Karen S. Mitchell, PhD

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Karen S. Mitchell, PhD

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Clinical Research Psychologist

Women's Health Sciences Division

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Academic Affiliation

  • Boston University School of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry


  • Louis Stokes Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Predoctoral Internship, 2009
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Counseling Psychology, PhD, 2009
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Counseling Psychology, MS, 2005
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Psychology, BS, 2002

Expertise and Interests

  • Comorbidity of eating disorders, obesity, and PTSD
  • Etiology and prevention of eating disorders, obesity, and PTSD
  • Quantitative methodology, including structural equation modeling, hierarchical linear modeling, and statistical genetics
  • Treatment approaches to comorbid PTSD and eating disorders

Membership in Professional Societies

  • Academy for Eating Disorders
  • Eating Disorders Research Society

Awards and Honors

  • Academy for Eating Disorders Fellow, 2019
  • Kenneth S. Kendler Award for Excellence in Predoctoral Studies, Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics

Selected Publications

Huston, J.C., Grillo, A.R., Iverson, K.M., & Mitchell, K.S. (2019). Associations between disordered eating and intimate partner violence mediated by depression and posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms in a female veteran sample. General Hospital Psychiatry, 58, 77-82.

Mitchell, K.S., Wolf, E.J., Lyons, M.J., Goldberg, J.H., & Magruder, K.M. (2018). A co-twin control study of the association between combat exposure, PTSD, and obesity in male veterans. Psychological Medicine, 48, 2449-2452.

Huston, J.C., Iverson, K.M., & Mitchell, K.S. (2018). Associations between healthcare use and disordered eating among female veterans. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 51, 978-983.

Mitchell, K.S., Wolf, E.J., Bovin, M.J., Lee, L., Green, J.D., Rosen, R.C., Keane, T.M., & Marx, B.P. (2017). Network models of DSM-5 PTSD: Implications for ICD-11. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 126, 355-366.

Mitchell, K.S., & Wolf, E.J. (2016). Food addiction, disordered eating, and PTSD: The mediating role of emotion regulation. Psychiatry Research, 243, 23-29.

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